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Mono Turns Fatal

Doctors issue new warning about the "kissing disease" after college student dies of mononucleosis.
(KPRC)  Doctors are warning that mononucleosis, more commonly known as "mono" or "the kissing disease" can lead to complications more serious than the disease itself following the death of a Texas college student.

19-year-old Texas A&M student Christy Crow died just days after being diagnosed and hospitalized. 

"Death is very rare for mononucleosis so I was surprised to hear about it," says pediatrician Dr. Debra Cutler.

Symptoms can include fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes or tonsils, headache, skin rash, and a soft, swollen spleen.

"Mononucleosis can affect anything.  It can cause hepatitis, gall bladder infections, pneumonia.  It can cause inflammation of the heart muscle, acute kidney failure," Dr. Cutler warns.

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